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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bubble Chamber on: February 14, 2009 09:53:13 AM
I painted this for my boyfriend for Valentines day. It's based off of the image in my avatar which is from a bubble chamber experiment (for more info: http://teachers.web.cern.ch/teachers/archiv/HST2005/bubble_chambers/BCwebsite/index.htm). It's watercolor and ink. I guess it's not your typical Valentines day gift (since it's not pink and covered in hearts, although it has a good amount of swirls Wink) but I think he liked it (we're both science loving geeks).

It's in a 3" x 5" mat so I measured the paper to fit the frame and then measured out the mat space (that, combined with my lack of time, is why the whole sheet isn't painted--although I think I kind of like it better that way). There's also a blurry pic of it all framed so you can get the idea.

Let me know what you think!

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with ... test-tube-looking protein drink tubes?! on: January 20, 2009 01:09:52 PM
Those are neat little tubes! The first thing I thought of when I saw them was a spice rack. I can't tell how transparent they are from the picture but they seem at least somewhat opaque. So you could get a block of wood and drill some holes in it so that they fit comfortably inside (something like this maybe: http://www.tubularspices.com/Images/Tuberacks/brookfield/Brookfield_spice-_rack_M.jpg).
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Quick and Easy Patio Furniture Cushions on: July 30, 2008 05:52:37 AM
Hey everyone!
   Thanks again for all the fantastic comments!
If any of you (bliss2187, Lisa C, Sprocket, bezoona) end up making some cushions I'd love to see pictures Smiley.

I need to know where all you crafters find cheap fabric!!!  These turned out GREAT!  and it made me think of making covers for mine that I hate....

I'm not sure where you're from but I tend to find some good priced fabric at Jo-Ann's (they have a clearance area where they have stuff for $2/yard or so). I actually found the fabric for these cushions at Wal-mart for $1/yard. Good luck!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Quick and Easy Patio Furniture Cushions on: July 15, 2008 05:27:23 AM
Hey everyone. Thanks for the lovely comments! They've been getting quite a bit of use these last few days since it's been fairly nice out (not too hot). Even the kitty had been enjoying them Smiley.

Those look great! Did you waterproof the fabric though? You can get some at Wal-Mart I think and it'll make your efforts last longer without molding.

I didn't waterproof them but they fabric is a pretty tight weave and the porch keeps them fairly dry. Also since they're removable hopefully I can catch any mold before it starts when I wash them Smiley.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Container vegetable gardening in Southeast Alaska (lots of pics) on: July 15, 2008 05:10:25 AM
This is great and the plants all look wonderful! I really want a greenhouse! So how exactly do the pesky bears get in? Is it when you open the vents on the sides? If so maybe you could make some sort of chicken wire/mesh covers to go over them when they're open? That should let the air continue to flow but keep out intruders Smiley.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Quick and Easy Patio Furniture Cushions on: July 13, 2008 09:42:35 AM
Hey all!

   My parents had a set of wrought iron lawn furniture that they no longer wanted so they offered it to me. Unfortunately, I could only take a few of the pieces since we didn't have room for everything. But the pieces I took found a nice new home on my front porch.

The mesh grating however, made seating somewhat uncomfortable at times. So I decided they needed some cushions. After looking at some in the store (way overpriced!) I decided I would just make my own. My boyfriend had an old thick mattress pad that he donated to the cause and I picked up some cheap fabric and buttons (total cost for the whole project was somewhere around $6) and went to work. Here is the end result:

The cushions are held onto the chair and love seat with two ties on the back and a few buttons that attach the fabric that folds over the top.

close up of tie

close up of button

And one of my favorite parts: both cushion covers are removable so I can throw them into the wash if/when they get dirty (the cushion slides right out of the top).

They were super easy to make and I think they turned out pretty nice. I'd love to know what you all think! Now I'm off to go sit out there with my iced-tea!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Concrete to brick front steps on: July 08, 2008 05:23:14 AM
It looks so real! Awesome job!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Fun Flower Pots... on: July 08, 2008 05:20:59 AM
I think they're really cute Smiley. What are you planning on putting in them?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Sympathy gift for pet death. Help! on: July 04, 2008 09:49:33 AM
Thanks for the help everyone! I decided to leave it almost as it was but rather than it being a sun catcher, I incorporated it into the other gift (a small potted Japanese maple tree) as more of a garden decoration. As far as the spiral thing goes I made it a tighter twirl (and it is a strong enough gauge to hold it's shape) which I think makes it look much better. I'm giving it to the family today so I'll try to take a picture of the final product before I pass it on. Thanks again!!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Sympathy gift for pet death. Help! on: July 02, 2008 07:00:03 PM
Hi everyone,
   Recently my bf's family had to put another one of their dogs to sleep. She was quite old and very dear to the family. Last year they also had to put another of the family dogs to sleep (again she was also old and dear).  I wanted to make something for them then but somehow I never got around to it. So after hearing about the recent passing I came up with this window/sun charm thing (the pictures aren't really that blurry in real-life):

Unfortunately I'm not really sure if I like it. What do you guys think? Should I give it to them or should I scrap it and just give them the card? Thanks for the feedback!

 Thanks for the feedback everyone! I decided to leave the spiral but I made it more compact so it looked much better. I also gave the family a small potted Japanese Maple tree which I hung the charm from. I told them they could to whatever they wanted with it and I think in the end it was hung up as a window charm Smiley. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the modified charm but here's the tree all potted and sitting on the deck:

They really loved everything, thanks again for the comments!
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